Chasing the Dragon: One Woman's Struggle Against the Darkness of Hong Kong's Drug Den
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Chasing the Dragon: One Woman's Struggle Against the Darkness of Hong Kong's Drug Den

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The true story of how one woman's faith resulted in the conversion of hundreds of drug addicts, prostitues and hardened criminals in Hong Kong's infamous Walled City.
Paperback, 238 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Regal Books (first published 1980)
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Hye Sung
One of the most powerful books I have ever read and I feel that whoever reads this book will not come out the same. The story of Jackie Pullinger's missionary work is humbling, miraculous, and beautiful. She was a lone 20 year old baby-believer without a missionary society behind her, jumping into a mission field of prostitutes, gangs, and drug dealers. Though the 'Walled City' in Hong Kong, a semi-anarchic settlement, presents incredible challenges, she sees Jesus come through time after time i...more
Brandon Halvorsen
Another captivating missionary story! If you enjoy reading stories of God moving in foreign lands to save people and set them free this is one to add to your list. If you're a fan of Brother Yun, Brother Andrew and Corrie Ten Boom I'd recommend adding this one to your reading queue. If you're unsure if God still uses the gifts of the Spirit these days, or how practical and effective they may be in ministry these days, I'd recommend this book.

I found it inspiring and refreshing. Great light read...more
Liz
Chasing the Dragon is one of my favorite internship books. Pullinger's autobiography of her ministry in Hong Kong's walled city of Kowloon inspires, challenges, and captivates. As a white Westerner headed to a Southeast Asian slum in a few months, re-reading CTD gave me fresh hope and renewed gratefulness for God's call in my life.

CTD is one of those generally-not-recommended styles of missionary work: Pullinger goes by herself, without a sending org, and sets up shop ministering cross-gender; s...more
Josiah
Jackie Pullinger has had a crazy life. I was blown away by this book. Basic gist: woman goes to Hong Kong slum with no plans and no money, and through her, people are saved, lives are changed, and Jesus is glorified.

Now, I'm not the crying type, but I was definitely sniffling back a few tears at several points in this book. Mostly, because God is so PRESENT in this book. He is the center of everything, and Poon Siu Jeu (Jackie's Chinese name) continues to give him glory for everything that happe...more
Caroline Friday
Amazing book about a British woman who refused to let religion and the evils of the world stop her evangelism of the love of Jesus. Called to one of the darkest places in the world, Hong Kong's notorious Walled City, Ms Pullinger relays her experiences with The Lord and His Holy Spirit as they relentlessly pursue the hearts and minds of God's precious people trapped in drug addiction, prostitution, and gang violence. Reading this book will stir up your faith like never before AND convict the rel...more
Sheryl Painter
Colee Firman has skillfully crafted yet another great story in her Unbinding Fate series. From the first chapter in Chasing Darkness, I was drawn back into her marvelous characters, her fantastic worlds and breathtaking suspense. I love how Ms. Firman can mix a little romance, fantasy, mystery, suspense, and a few really evil characters into a story that just keeps racing ahead. I can count on her characters to keep me guessing, and caring, from the beginning of the book to the very end of the l...more
Ann
WOW, this woman is just amazing. She tells the story of how she was convinced God had called her to go to Hong Kong to share the Gospel ... and then WENT ... apart from any specific church sponsorship or mission board. God used her in absolutely spontaneous and miraculous ways to eventually reach drug addicts in the Walled City portion of Hong Kong. She tells her story with simple transparent faith and humor ... careful to include the fact that she made her share of mistakes that God was able t...more
Helene
This was an exciting book to see how the Holy Spirit moved and changed young men's lives in Hong Kong's Walled City in the 1980's. The first half was especially interesting as the author shows how many misconceptions she had about God and how He works. I really had a lot of chuckles because I had many of the same ideas from society in general and some churches in particular. It was encouraging to see how she was protected thru her adventures and "mistakes". Her story reminded me of "The Cross an...more
Helen Maltby
A very powerful read. It tells the true story of Jackie Pullinger, an English woman who, in her early 20s felt that God was telling her to go to Hong Kong as a missionary. She ends up in the notorious Walled City and spends her time reaching out to drug addicts and Triad (illegal gangs) members. Gradually she wins their trust and she tells them about Jesus and how he can help them with their addictions. She brings many to Christianity and opens several safe houses where these new Christians can...more
Honeybee
Not only is this book a biography of a remarkable and courageous young woman, but it gives a great portrait of the drug culture in Hong Kong's Walled City, as well as an excellent treatise of why tongues is still a vital spiritual gift to be exercised today.

I first read it at a Crossroads Discipleship Training School in Youth With A Mission. I have since recommended it to several others.

Want to see if you have what it takes to be an inner city missionary in another country? Want to know one way...more
Jazzenith
Chasing the Dragon is a book which will simply blow you away. The incredible true story of Jackie Pullinger on answering the call of God in her life, and how through her the love of Jesus helped transform many peoples lives in the slums of the Walled City, Hong Kong. Jackie's perseverance and endurance is matched by her love and compassion for these people. To help enact tough positive change in an area compounded with a plethora of deep rooted problems and sin, Jackie put all her trust and hope...more
Scott
Not sure when I finished this, it was a great book. I recall reading and and being impressed with author's story. How they shared the story of Jesus to those in need in Hong Kong.
Janet
Chasing the Dragon tells the inspiring story of Jackie Pullinger's work in Hong Kong. At the age of 22 she felt God calling her to be a missionary. But because of her young age, no missionary society would take her on. So she boarded a ship in England and disembraked in Hong Kong. At first, she worked as a music teacher but decided to take a step of faith and give up her job for fulltime ministry. She entered the infamous Walled City and preached the gospel to drug addicts, prostitutes, and gang...more
Frank Peters
This is the graphic novel for the autobiography of Jackie Pullinger. I will be reading her book next, but thought I would read the graphic novel first to see if it made sense on its own, without already knowing the story. I can answer – Yes, the graphic novel stands on its own quite nicely. As expected the target audience is for a young (or even pre) teen, although it would also be appropriate for those who read very little. It is certainly not appropriate for older people, due to the tiny font...more
Jacky
I can't believe no-one has read this on goodreads! She practically single-handedly (well, also with some divine intervention :P) changed Hong Kong's triadic scene from grotesque orgies of money, black markets and gangs to a flourishing land of accepted Christianity! WOW to that. Kowloon City and ex-gangster now turned church deacons/pastors owe their lives to Pullinger's ministry in Hong Kong. The story isn't only spiritually filling, but compelling and written very emotionally and never slows d...more
Elaine Beachy
I'm almost done with the book, and what a ride! "Chasing the Dragon" is a term used to describe the process of inhaling heroin in the drug dens of Triad territory in Hong Kong. See how one white English woman was used by God to bring change to this filthy and dangerous drug climate.

One feels he is there with Jackie Pullinger as she pours out her love and energy to these lost, desperate, and hopeless souls. Understand her struggles as she works with one junkie at a time. You'll want to find out...more
Matt Schwabauer
Jackie Pullinger is crazy and crazy in tune with God! From getting on a boat to Hong Kong without anyone to support her at her destination or supporting her from home to how she facilitated Christ's redemption of hundreds of drug addicts and Triad gangsters in the Walled City of Hong Kong. She went to one of the spiritually darkest places on the planet and God redeemed so many people through her! This book is uplifting, will greatly challenge your faith, and will make you ask yourself (if you ar...more
Graham
Apr 27, 2009 Graham rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Graham by: Gloria
Shelves: christianity
This was a very encouraging read.

I learned that I should pray more. Even about small things. I was very impressed by some of the simple and powerful truths she conveyed.

A challenging story. I loved reading about her heart for the poor and alienated. It was inspiring to see how she never gives up, just keeps pushing forward in positive action. Her faith in God's provision and care is also humbling and remarkable.

Although I'm not sure I see everything the same way she does, it's difficult to argue...more
Sherrie
I was amazed by Jackie Pullinger and all that was accomplished through her life. And even changed how I pray from her example.
Dalaina May
I read this book a decade ago, but the story has stuck with me for this long. It's the true story about a missionary to Hong Kong's encounter with God's incredible power. Through her ministry, dozens of opium addicts were miraculously converted to Christianity and subsequently delivered from their addictions without any of the physical and sometimes fatal withdrawls that they should have experienced. This book opened my eyes to the fact that God is still actively present in our lives and still d...more
Michellenorth
A powerful and honest picture of a woman's journey of faith, taking God at His word, learning how to help people past providing a crutch, and allowing God the prerogative and authority to work as He wills in each situation. I believe this book truly brings God glory - I am not impacted by Jackie as much as I have been impacted and challenged to renew my view of God and how He pursues people relentlessly in His love and for his glory. And it slams the question home; am I allowing God that freedom...more
Jonathan
It was hard for me to figure out whether to give this a three or a two. I am very happy that Pullinger is doing the work that she is doing, and it was good to read about the reasons she serves in the worst places in Hong Kong and the stories of those she interacts with there. But after a while the book got repetitive, and it seemed to be really overly focused on "everyone needs to speak in tongues to be in relationship with God". It never says that explicitly, but when you read the 20th story in...more
J.
Such incredible stories about what simple faith in Jesus can do. Sometimes slightly graphic, because the situations involved in many of those stories are definitely rough ones. Pullinger has a personality and therefore an autobiographical tone dissimilar to my usual preference, but I still found myself pulled along and really challenged in my own walk with God, to believe for what He can do today. And that's why I read this book, so I find myself really satisfied with this book.
Leepq
Anyone and everyone should take a read - Christian or not. It is an honest gripping testimony of Jackie Pullinger's journey into the dark dens in HK and just read for yourself to see how God works. It is her testimony which is factual and unquestionable so for Christians - get ready to strengthen your belief in God, and for non-Chrisitans, read it for yourself to see how God's miracles can really happen. Enjoyed this and I wish a movie can be made!
Lizzy B
Brilliant story of an inspiring lady who follows the call of God upon her heart and see's amazing things as a consequence. Life from the other side of the fence, from the side of the helper rather than hiim who needs help! Truly stunning real life story giving insights into lifes rejections, the poor who have been cast aside by all others and gang life.

if you want harsh realism filled with hope then this is a true life story for you!
Jocelyn
It has taken me ages to finally finish this book, mainly because some of the stuff in the beginning was a little boring and I didn't really get it, but I have finally gotten around to finishing it and I just find some things just absolutely amazing. I especially loved the story a man told about himself as a boy when he was little, and how he drowned but then Jesus came and pulled him out of the water, I found that a really incredible story.
Jacqueline
This book is so close to my heart because Hong Kong is where I grew up. A few tears were shed for the beauty of humanity, and hope, love and faith in this book. I'm thankful for her book which allowed me to experience Pullinger's ministry in Hong Kong in the 1960s, with the drug dealers and prostitutes who are full of humanity as we all are. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially if your heart has a special place for Hong Kong.
Diana
The true story of a British woman who lived in the Walled City for years, converting them all to Christianity. I spent the afternoon in the KCC playroom reading it while the kids played. It's full of harrowing descriptions of depravity, filth and wretchedness, as well as gushing testimonials to the power of the Holy Spirit. Not sure what to make of it. The Jesus stuff is hard to swallow and it undermines her credibility.
Keith Brooks
It's not the best written book , but the proof here is in the pudding. While I'm open to correction and have only done a quick Google scan, it appears that she's been scandal free and even had the support of the local government , all the while depending on the charismatic gifts . If you like John Macarthur and his ilk you can try and write this off , but my bet is you can't do it without sounding like David Hume.
Pamela Barrett
Nov 08, 2009 Pamela Barrett rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To those stuggling with addiction.
Amazing journey into the depravity of Hong Kong's underground drug world. A place so dangerous that everytime she went there her life was at risk. That God not only protected Jackie, but gave her favor with the men and women lost behind it's walls is a miracle in its self. But the biggest miracle is that in the power of Jesus name, drug addicts were set free from addiction and went on to change this area forever.
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Jackie Pullinger is a British Protestant missionary to Hong Kong.
At the age of 22 she moved to Hong Kong and began to reach out to the people of the Walled City. Her ministry started with only a handful of people but has grown steadily over the last fifty years.
She founded the St. Stephen's Society, which is involved in drug rehabilitation in Hong Kong and the Philipines.
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